Post # 1
My boyfriend and I purchased my engagement ring over the weekend–it’s a K color, 1 ct VS2 ideal cut diamond. I’m waiting on the certificate to come in the mail from the jeweler, so I’m not sure if it’s GIA or IGI graded but to me it looks to be a light K. I took the color sensitivity test and scored a 0 (most color sensitive you can be), so I can definitely see the diamond react to different environments but I still feel it’s subtle. However, I only got to see the ring for a few minutes before my boyfriend hid it away, so for you Bees who have been wearing yours daily I have a few questions:
1) Are you color sensitive?
2) Do you notice a color tint on a regular basis? In what types of lighting situations/scenarios is it most noticeable?
3) What color metal is your stone set in (mine is in a white gold solitaire)?
4) In all honesty, if you could swap your stone out for a higher color grade (H/I)would you?
5) Could you post pictures or video of your diamond?
I love the ring as is, but just want to get insights from those of you who have had your stones for a while to see if we should look into getting a higher color grade or if it’s not worth it in the long run. Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
Congrats on picking your e-ring! I have a soft spots for solitaires . Everyone’s sensitivity and tolerance to color is different and some people actually prefer a warmer colored diamond. I don’t consider myself to be too particularly color sensitive or intolerant, but a K would be too tinted for my taste. The warmest diamond I have is a 1ct +/- GIA graded I color stud (set in white gold three prong martinis) and I can just barely see the slightest bit of tint/warmth to it upon close examination from the profile, which doesn’t bother me since it’s in my ear and the profile isn’t visible when worn. It is matched with a GIA graded H and there is no visible difference in colors face up. For a ring, pendant or anything over 1ct (tint is usually more visible in larger diamonds), I personally prefer GIA graded H or above. Note that GIA and IGI do not grade equally. GIA is commonly known as the “gold standard” and IGI is known to be softer on grading, so the lab that graded it is important since a GIA graded I usually has less tint than an IGI graded I. Shape and cut quality also affect the amount of color a diamond displays (modern round brilliants hide color over fancy shapes and an expertly cut diamond can hide some tint as well). GL and congrats on your upcoming engagement!
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard
I’m not the most colour sensitive. But nor am I colour insensitive either. I took a recent test and came out to 65 percent. Other colour tests I scored higher with colour arrangment.
I just find I generally don’t care even though I have middling sensitivity. Bright white stones don’t attract me like they do some. Mine is an H and I like it a lot. I would wear even lower coloured diamonds quite happily if I didn’t already have this heirloom diamond already. I will never trade in my ring either and will probably not own another diamond again unless it’s a blue one.
I think your ring is lovely 🙂 I think you just need to decide what it means to you. Is high colour important to you? Some say lower colours “bother” them. If this is you then maybe later it might be worth it for you personally to trade up.
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle
I have a K set in white gold, but it’s small (0.3 ct). Tint does not bother me; I wore a poor quality diamond for years before getting this one. It was supposedly an I, but next to my K I’d put it much lower.
I do notice slight color changes, the worst being while driving because I have an all black interior. Being color sensitive and being bothered by it are two different things. I would not trade my diamond for a whiter one; it’s plenty white to me most of the time. If I’m trading my diamond, it’ll be for size.
Post # 6
vestedbee : Thank you for your input! I definitely can see the tint in the body of the diamond in certain light, but I’m waiting to see what the certificate says. If it’s an IGI certificate then the stone is probably closer to a GIA L/M, which I definitely don’t want. I could swap it for an IGI F stone for almost the same price with the same specs, which I’d expect to be a GIA H/I. Just contemplating if it’s worth it to make the swap before we go through the process of insuring the ring.
Post # 7
dracarys : You make a really good point about sensitivity being different then it bothering me. It’s hard for me to figure that out since I can’t wear the ring as my boyfriend hasn’t proposed. I definitely wouldn’t want a colorless stone, I love that slightly warm diamonds have personality and react to their environment. Just trying to figure out if K is too warm for me or not. Thank you for the pictures, they really help and your ring is beautiful!
Post # 8
I have an I set in yellow gold, and used to wear a J before my upgrade. It’s harder for me to tell a diamond’s tint when set in yellow gold, but you you’ll very likely notice more in white gold. My new stone is not only a higher color grade, but also has medium blue fluorescence which helps combat the yellow. That combined with a much more ideal cut (HCA 1.3) makes it face up a lot whiter to me.
Here’s a picture of my .63 ct J (no fluorescence, GIA triple ex but not quite ideal):
Here’s a picture of my current .97 ct I (with fluoroscence, ideal cut):
Finally, here are two videos of my current ring! I just got my reset this weekend so have plenty of pics and videos on hand 🙂
I personally loved going up a color grade, and the fluorescence adds an interesting dimension to the life of the diamond! The I color grade was a great compromise because I do love warmer diamonds, but also wanted lovely brightness.
Overall, I would ask whether your stone has any fluorescence, and also consider how well it’s cut, since ideal cut round brilliants hide body color nicely 🙂 Also, what will your wedding band be? If you’re planning to have higher color diamonds in your band, it may make the color in your center stone more obvious.
Post # 9
I have a moissanite, so my opinion might be null… but I deliberately bought a Champagne colored one because I am so drawn to low color stones.
So if I purchased a diamond, K would be the highest color I would buy! I love the depth and visual interest of the warmer stones! They appeal to me so much more than colorless stones!
So I’m team “keep the K” 😉
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle
newbee5 : Thanks! You have a beautiful ring too. I hope you get to wear it soon!
Post # 11
newbee5 : I’m also very color sensitive and always score 0 on color tests. I believe that jewelers have done a real number on people’s heads when it comes to diamond color. Lower colors are beautiful. I have an N color diamond and have received many compliments on it. No one has ever insinuated that it looks bad because it’s warm – and I worked with some of the most blunt people! Believe me, they would have said something!
Post # 12
sixmillionmiles : Thank you so much for your input! Your ring is beautiful and the I looks very clear white to me. My ring is an ideal cut round brilliant, so of any shape and cut it should hide color the best. But seeing the differences in your ring are really helpful, so thank you!!
Post # 13
I did a blind color test in person and was able to line up an H, I, and J in order (so I’m color sensitive). I had a K CBI for a month and had to upgrade to an I because the tint drove me nuts. I could still see tint in my I, but it didn’t bother me as much. You may be able to see it, but not have it bother you.
Post # 14
heputaringonit : I’m worried the same thing will happen to me…I can easily pick out color in a diamond, and it doesn’t bother me necessarily if the color comes off as just off white or slightly warm. In fact, I prefer the depth that near-colorless stones have over colorless ones. When I can clearly see yellow it bothers me.
Post # 15
sunburn : Wow your ring is gorgeous! Is it a vintage cut?
and I agree, part of me wonders if I care about this because it bothers me personally, or if I care because of what others might think. It’s so hard to know when I can’t wear the ring and just have to go by memory!